Fair Housing vs. Unfair Housing

Do you know the difference?

Knowing the difference between fair housing and unfair housing isn't as obvious as you might think. This blog aims to present a variety of important and interesting fair housing issues.

If you're an apartment professional, avoid costly mistakes by reading the stories of others who — even with good intentions — learned compliance lessons the hard way. (For the easy way, click here.)

If you live in an apartment, get familiar with your rights when it comes to housing discrimination, as well as your options for seeking justice.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

HUD Secretary Commends Efficacy of FHIP Partnerships

In a keynote speech at the National Fair Housing Alliance 20th National Conference ("Fair Housing in a Changing Marketplace") in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 6, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan pointed out the importance of partnerships between his agency and Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) organizations across the United States.

Mr. Donovan revealed that a new study shows that Fair Housing Act (FHA) cases brought by FHIP organizations (or "FHIPs") are seven times more likely to result in findings of discrimination. The study also found that many of the FHIP-referred cases might be too complex for victims to pursue without the partnership, and that FHIP-referred cases with evidence supporting a finding of discrimination are more likely to be processed quickly.

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